Discipleship

God’s Promises

Sunrise - by Bibi Barbie. Photo Credit: flickr.com

Sunrise – by Bibi Barbie. Photo Credit: flickr.com

There is no greater promise than the promise of redemption; there is no greater gift than the gift of eternal life.

“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God”. – 2 Corinthians 1:20 New Living Translation

When God makes a promise, these are not casual, spur-of-the-moment types; these promises are true and dependable – definite commitments made by God Himself. Since God is faithful, we as recipients can have the full assurance that what God has promised will be fulfilled in its time. We only need to believe and hold on to His word.

In the Bible, God’s promises has some distinct characteristics:

NEVER FAILING – God’s promise, just like His love, never fails. He alone is trustworthy. “Blessed be the LORD who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he spoke by Moses his servant”. 1Kings 8:56, English Standard Version

BACKED BY GOD’S OATH – “For when God made his promise to Abraham, he swore an oath by himself, since he had no one greater to swear by. He said, “I will certainly bless you and give you many descendants”. And so he obtained what he had been promised, because he patiently waited for it. For people swear by someone greater than themselves, and an oath given as confirmation puts an end to all argument. In the same way, when God wanted to make the unchangeable character of his purpose perfectly clear to the heirs of his promise, he guaranteed it with an oath so that by these two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to prove false, we who have taken refuge in him might be encouraged to seize the hope set before us”. Hebrews 6:13-18, International Standard Version

FULFILLED ON SCHEDULE – “But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children”. Galatians 4:4-5, New Living Translation

If there is one thing we need to remember, God always keeps His promises no matter what.

 

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